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Does Your DC Residential Rental Property Comply With Current Smoke Detector And Carbon Monoxide Detector Laws? 

If you are applying for a rental housing business license, you should be aware of the current DC smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector laws.

Under current DC law, landlords are required to install a carbon monoxide detector in the immediate vicinity of a bedroom or sleeping areas if the housing accommodation has a fuel-burning appliance. Examples of fuel-burning appliances are stoves, ovens, and furnaces that use fuels such as oil or natural gas.  Housing providers are required to install one carbon monoxide detector outside of the sleeping area or a group of bedrooms. Carbon monoxide detectors are not required to be located inside of bedrooms.

Smoke detectors, on the other hand, must be installed in every room used for sleeping purposes and on the ceiling or wall outside of each sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms. Hardwired smoke detectors (with a battery backup) must be installed in all new construction building, and certain existing buildings. Battery operated smoke detectors are allowed in the following existing buildings: (i) buildings where no construction is taking place; (ii) buildings that are served from a commercial power source; and (iii) in existing areas of a building undergoing alterations or repairs that do not result in the removal of interior walls or ceilings, unless there is a space (crawl space or basement) that could provide access for building wiring without removal of interior finishes.

Before you apply for your business license and trigger the inspection by DCRA, you should speak with a private DC licensing advisor or a representative at DCRA Inspection Compliance Division regarding the requirements of your particular rental accommodation.



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